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October 15, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab


SRU AmeriCorps plans ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ screening


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s AmeriCorps program, in conjunction with the University’s Summer Book Program, will screen the award-winning “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 8 p.m., Oct. 28, in the University Union. The entry free is one, non-perishable food item.

Collected food items will be donated to the Feed My Sheep Food Pantry in Slippery Rock.

            “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” a 1975 cult classic, musical, horror and comedy film remains in limited releases 35 years after its premiere. It is billed as “the longest-running theatrical release in film history.”

The story tells of the misadventures of two “normal college kids” from a small town in Ohio while attending the Annual Transylvania Convention and their meeting with Rocky Horror. 

            Writer Stephen Chbosky, interwove “Rocky Horror” into his bestselling book “the perks of being a wall flower,” which was the reading choice for the 2010 Slippery Rock University Summer Book Program.

“the perks of being a wall flower” tells the story of Charlie and “his efforts in navigating through the worlds of first dates, family dramas, new friends, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and dealing with the loss of a good friend. Chbosky, a Pittsburgh native and graduate of Upper St. Clair High School, was a guest speaker at SRU earlier this month.

SRU’s showing will include costume contests, sing-a-longs and an occasional busting out in dance by the audience, as is typical at “Rocky” screenings.

            The Feed My Sheep Food Pantry distributes food to more than 150 families in the area.

Officials report that winter months are often the hardest on families, and the SRU AmeriCorps Program is planning a number of events to raise awareness and increase food contributions to food banks in the region.

In addition to the Feed My Sheep bank, other area food banks include: Catholic Charities, St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Salvation Army and Covenant.

            Food items were collected at the recent Family and Friends Weekend and proceeds from the Oct. 19 Empty Bowls Dinner, sponsored by the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership, will go to Feed My Sheep.

            For additional information, call Susan Serge, a CSIL graduate student, at 724.738.2273, or Laurel Dagnon, AmeriCorp program director, at 724.738.2030.


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